Fast bowlers have been using the bouncer as a tool to not just pick wickets but also to put fear into the mind of batsmen. However, on Tuesday, when left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya decided to do it in the second T20I against the Windies, it had a completely different effect as it caught wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik in the state of shock.
The incident took place in the 13th over of second innings. Windies skipper Carlos Brathwaite was on strike and Pandya dug the ball short at sheer pace, bowling from around the wicket. The delivery had so much venom that even a fast bowler would’ve been shocked.
Karthik, who was standing up to the stumps, tried to collect the ball by outstretching his hands, but couldn’t even get a fingertip to the ball.
Brathwaite ducked and the ball went above his head to race away to the boundary for four byes. Meanwhile, Karthik fell on the ground and gave a shocking look at Pandya.
Here’s the video: